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    Default My greatest Gift of Sobriety to myself

    A week leading up to my 50th birthday, I had considered rewarding myself one(1) day to indulge in alcohol. In SMART, I had discovered The Power of Choice!
    I can and am free to choose my behavior. This decision is mine alone to make, and nobody can influence me to make that choice .

    Over the next few days, I deliberated on this decision by doing a CBA.
    I used the ABC tool and figured out the Activating event being my 50th Birthday.
    my Belief was in order to celebrate and have a great time I needed alcohol.
    which Caused me to make a choice to start drinking.
    I then Disputed the belief by questioning this irrational thought.
    - where does it say I need to drink to have a good time?
    I have experienced good times on many occasions being sober previously
    - why is that I need alcohol to celebrate my 50th birthday?
    I have celebrated my last birthday sober, anniversaries sober, holidays sober for the last 20months without alcohol.
    I played both sides of the tape and rewinded it a few times.
    Side A what are the possibilities and risks of having my first drink
    Side B what I can enjoy and do without having alcohol and the last 20months of my sobriety
    hence my new Effective new belief is
    I can celebrate and have a equal or better celebration to enjoy my 50th birthday and I will treasure and remember every detail of this occasion.

    With that I have given myself the Greatest gift of Sobriety on my 50th Birthday!

    Never beyond my wildest imagination, could I have ever imagined being completely abstinent from alcohol for 618 days/ 88 weeks and 2 days/ 20 months 11days !
    on 6/1/22.

    A YouTube link to my gift of sobriety
    https://youtu.be/prq-CemJtug



    Thanks to all the tools and techniques I learned from SMART Recovery and with the encouragement and support I received from the community here.

    I have the Power of Choice

    I celebrated the day with my family and my wife surprised me to a wonderful and great dinner party with friends and colleagues at a local restaurant.
    I was surprised of all those she had invited without my knowledge.
    I had enjoyed myself yet again without having any alcohol although I treated my guest to their favorite drinks.

    Last edited by C_C; June 3, 2022 at 6:10 AM.
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    Please envisage three great big thumbs up from me C_C. So glad you had a wonderful sober 50th birthday!!!

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    Congrats and Happy Birthday! So glad to hear of your success and the joy you have found in it.

    Have a great day or at least a crappy sober one!
    Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in her


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    This is fantastic Happy Birthday!

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY C_C

    So very well done to all!
    What got me sober was TRYING to get sober. Often when I lapsed, picked up, drank, I FELT thoroughly beaten. I thought at that time "there is no hope for me" Yet, when I had recovered from that thought just a little, I thought "I'll have another GO!" It was a few little sparks, rather than a flame, that got me here!

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    Thank you very much.
    I used to have an addictive behavior,
    but I choose not to act that way anymore


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    This really helped me today. Thanks for the gift of sharing your success!🤩

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    Awsome>>>>>>>
    ELVI$

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    Thanks for this. I've been trying for years and have had some good successes, like months of sobriety. But not a full success yet. I know that feeling of being beaten. I just keep reminding myself of something I read online once. It basically just said, continuing to admit you have a problem and continuing to try is a success in itself. Every day over those years without alcohol would have been one that I was drinking if I didn't try.

    Here is to this time working for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by healthyhabits View Post
    This really helped me today. Thanks for the gift of sharing your success!��
    Thank you too healthyhabits for this.
    I used to have an addictive behavior,
    but I choose not to act that way anymore


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    Quote Originally Posted by strugglinginwi View Post
    Thanks for this. I've been trying for years and have had some good successes, like months of sobriety. But not a full success yet. I know that feeling of being beaten. I just keep reminding myself of something I read online once. It basically just said, continuing to admit you have a problem and continuing to try is a success in itself. Every day over those years without alcohol would have been one that I was drinking if I didn't try.

    Here is to this time working for me.
    Good luck to you strugglinginw, I wish you success.

    I always remember the 4P’s shared at the SROL meetings,
    Practice, Patience, Perseverance and Persistence.

    Yes was another milestone in my journey. Achieving my 2nd year of Sobriety while still continuing to enjoy this Gift that I have given to myself.

    “Keep on Keeping On”
    I used to have an addictive behavior,
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